The Public Paperfolding History Project

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The 1885 engraving of the Flapping Bird

  This index page provides access to Some Broad Overviews, which will give you a good idea of what the parameters of this project are and what the current state of knowledge is about the history and development of paperfolding in China, Japan, and Western Europe / the USA, respectively. They are called Brief Histories because they are, relatively, brief. Information to fill in the details can be found elsewhere on this site.

A Brief History of Educational and Recreational Paperfolding in China (in process)

A Brief History of Educational and Recreational Paperfolding in Japan (currently only up until 1931)

A Brief History of Educational and Recreational Paperfolding in Western Europe and the USA (currently only up until 1931)

There is also A Chronology of Paperfolding History, combining information from all three regions, but you should note that this page is currently in need of some substantial updating.

The parameters of this project can be understood by reading:

A Note about the Nature of Paperfolding History

A Note about what is meant by Paper in this Project

A Note about what is meant by Folding in this Project